Monday, September 3, 2012

Phillies double up the Redlegs, 4-2

Johnny Cueto's bid to become the majors' first 18-game winner fell short on Monday as the Reds (82-54) were edged out by the Philadelphia Phillies (65-70), 4-2. Jimmy Rollins smacked a 3-run homer in the fifth that proved to be all the visitors needed on a soggy Labor Day in Cincinnati. Despite the loss, Dusty Baker's club still enjoys the largest division lead of any team in Major League Baseball.

Here's a look at the good, the bad, and the notables from GABP:

The Good:
+ Jay Bruce put the Reds on the board in the second when he blasted his 30th longball of the season -- a solo shot to right. He added an RBI-single (89) in the bottom of the ninth as well.
+ Ryan Ludwick pounded out a couple of hits, just as Bruce did, including his 24th double of 2012. He came around to score a run on Bruce's RBI-single.
+ Cueto didn't pitch outstanding, but he did pitch well enough to keep his team in the game. He lasted seven innings and allowed eight hits and four runs -- all four of which came via homers. He struckout five and walked none.
+ J.J. Hoover and Logan Ondrusek each tossed a scoreless inning of relief and recorded a strikeout.
+ The Reds are still in first a lot.

The Bad:
+ Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs collectively went 0-8 hitting out of the top two spots in the order. Both have on-base percentages now of .285 for the campaign and neither should realistically be batting this high in the order. Period.
+ Scott Rolen and Ryan Hanigan were each hitless in three trips to the dish.
+ Cincy had only two at-bats with runners in scoring position (1-2).
+ Ugly weather conditions contributed to a modest crowd of just 22,487.

The Notables:
+ Rollins now has 1,999 career hits. Only three Phillies have ever reached the 2,000-hit mark.
+ The Reds are expected to promote RHP Todd Redmond and RHP Pedro Villarreal from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.
+ The Reds are also expected to have Joey Votto back in uniform for Tuesday's bout. Of course, we have heard that many times before already. Votto was 0-3 with two strikeouts in a rehab assignment with Louisville on Monday.
+ Mat Latos (11-4, 3.79) takes the hill on Tuesday in hopes of evening up the series. He will oppose Kyle Kendrick (8-9, 4.01) and the game is slated to get underway at 7:10et.

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